Book Review: "A Most Dangerous Book"? Depends who's reading it.

"No woman, according to New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, was ever ruined by a book. But Christopher B. Krebs, a classics professor at Harvard, makes a strong case that an early ethnological monograph, written in the first century in Latin by the Roman historian Tacitus, may have warped the cultural identity of an entire nation. In my old Penguin translation, 'Germania'—'On Germany'— runs fewer than 40 pages, but, like other comparably short documents, such as the Declaration of Independence and 'The Communist Manifesto,' its influence has been earthshaking. As the Penguin translator, H. Mattingly, frankly writes in his 1947 introduction, the book is 'a detailed account of a great people that had already begun to be a European problem in the first century of our era.'"

Read more of the review of A Most Dangerous Book at The Washington Post online.

 

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Four SCS Members were in the 2014 cohort of ACLS Fellows.  Below is each winner's name, type of fellowship, institution, and project title.

John P. Bodel, ACLS Fellowship, Brown University, The ancient Roman funeral

Ari Z. Bryen, ACLS Fellowship, West Virginia University, Law and the Boundaries of Authority in the Roman World

Laura Lynn Garofalo, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, Johns Hopkins University, Reconstructed Pasts and Retrospective Styles in Flavian Rome

Robert A. Kaster, ACLS Fellowship, Princeton University, A New Critical Edition of Suetonius’s "Lives of the Caesars"

View full article. | Posted in Member News on Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:57pm by Adam Blistein.

The automated system for the 2014-2015 SCS Placement Service is now open and accepting registrations by candidates, subscribers, and institutions.  As was the case last year, registrants will need to create an account and then purchase the service(s) they wish.  Registrants who used the Service last year may (but are not required to) adopt the same username and password as before; however, they will still need to create a new account.

Please read these detailed instructions for registering for the service and taking advantage of its features.

Publication of Listings.  Positions for Classicists and Archaeologists will be published around the 15th of each month as before.  Publication will consist of sending a digest of all positions listed during the previous 30 days to registered candidates, subscribers, and institutions that purchased comprehensive service.  In addition, a few days later, the job listings will become available for anyone to see. Note:  Because of the delayed opening of the Service this month, the July 2014 issue of Positions will be published around July 25.  Regular publication around the 15th of the month will begin with the August issue.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:59am by Adam Blistein.

The Society for Classical Studies invites its members to volunteer to serve on committees or to stand for election for one of the offices that will appear on the ballot next summer, i.e., in 2015.  Visit this page of the web site to obtain more information about the offices and committees for which volunteers are invited.  July 31, 2014 is the deadline to submit the form for volunteers, a one-page letter describing your qualifications, and a C.V.  In completing the form, please be sure to rank order no more than three positions in which you are interested.  If you volunteer for elected office (Section I of the form.), we will forward your information to the Nominating Committee for consideration during its meetings this coming fall.  If you volunteer for committees filled by appointment, we will provide your materials to the President and to the appropriate vice president or committee chair who will invite members to fill vacancies by the end of 2014.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Tue, 07/15/2014 - 9:14am by Adam Blistein.

The American Academy of Arts & Sciences has issued a press release describing a variety of data tools that it is now making widely available as part of its Humanities Indicators Project.  Information available now includes data on funding, employment of humanities graduates, and enrollment of high school students in humanities subjects.  SCS is a participant in the second departmental survey being conducted by the Indicators Project.  This survey is gathering information about enrollment and employment in several fields in the humanities, and the Academy expects to issue a report on the survey's findings in September.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 11:12am by Adam Blistein.

The conference will take place from October 17-19 at Lewis & Clark College.  This conference is free and open to the public, although advance registration is requested.  Program details and registration information appear on the Conference's web site

View full article. | Posted in Conferences, Lectures, and Meetings on Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:51am by Adam Blistein.

From http://blackamericaweb.com/

William S. Scarborough was born a slave in Georgia, but went on to become one of the nation’s leading scholars in Greek and Latin literature.

In fact, many consider Scarborough to be the first African-American classical scholar. Born in February 16, 1852, in Macon, Georgia, Scarborough’s father was a freed slave but his mother was still enslaved, thus he inherited her status. Although educating slaves was against the law, Scarborough was secretly taught how to read and write in the classical languages.

He later went on to serve as an apprentice shoemaker, and then worked as a secretary at a well-known Black association because of his studies. Scarborough attended college at Atlanta University before heading to Oberlin where he graduated with honors in 1875.

Read more, or listen to the audio file at http://blackamericaweb.com/2014/07/01/little-known-black-history-fact-william-s-scarborough/

View full article. | Posted in Classics in the News on Sun, 07/13/2014 - 5:43pm by Information Architect.

This month’s column is the first part in a series I’ll post every other month or so about how we can apply and see in action the 7 principles of research-based pedagogy described in the excellent book How Learning Works, by Susan Ambrose, et al.  This month’s topic: knowledge organization, ch. 2 of the book.

Diagram visualizing novice vs. expert knowledge structuresExperts and novices mentally organize their knowledge in profoundly different ways.  By and large, even when we as students or teachers explicitly discuss and consciously implement knowledge acquisition processes — like flashcards, or declension drills — our mental systems of organizing the knowledge acquired are generally implicit and subconscious.  But the difference between expert and novice knowledge organizations has substantial consequences for effective ancient-language instruction.

View full article. | Posted in on Wed, 06/25/2014 - 8:39am by T. H. M. Gellar-Goad.

The Society for Classical Studies (SCS) seeks proposals from academic institutions interested in hosting a six-week seminar in the Summer of 2015 during which ten graduate students enrolled in programs in classical philology or ancient history will increase and improve their ability to use the art and material culture of the ancient Mediterranean world in their scholarship and teaching.  This seminar has been funded by a generous grant from the Leon Levy Foundation and will take place over dates to be selected by the host institution in the summer of 2015.  SCS will also sponsor a seminar of this nature in the Summers of 2016 and 2017.  The 2016 seminar will be funded by the Getty Foundation and will take place at the Getty Villa.  In 2016 the SCS will issue another call for proposals to organize the 2017 seminar, which will be supported by the Samuel H. Kress and Henry Luce Foundations.

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Fri, 06/20/2014 - 10:12am by Adam Blistein.

The American Academy in Berlin invites applications for its residential fellowships for 2015/2016, as well as early applications for the academic years 2016/2017 and 2017/2018. The deadline is Monday, September 29, 2014 (12 pm EST or 6 pm CET). Applications may be submitted online or mailed to the Berlin office.
The Academy welcomes applications from emerging and established scholars and from writers and professionals who wish to engage in independent study in Berlin. Approximately 25 Berlin Prizes are conferred annually. Past recipients have included historians, economists, poets and novelists, journalists, legal scholars, anthropologists, musicologists, and public policy experts, among others. The Academy does not award fellowships in the natural sciences.

View full article. | Posted in Awards and Fellowships on Wed, 06/18/2014 - 1:31pm by Adam Blistein.

The Department of Classical Studies at Duke University regrets to announce the sudden passing of its esteemed and beloved friend and colleague, Diskin Clay.  An obituary is posted here

View full article. | Posted in SCS Announcements on Mon, 06/16/2014 - 9:01am by Adam Blistein.

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